‘A victory for the local people’ was how UUP local council candidate Howard Thornton described action taken by police in Fermanagh to curb anti-social behaviour at the Holyhill carpark in Enniskillen.
Mr Thornton, who lives in close proximity to the carpark was speaking following action taken by the police, working with the Driver and Vehicle Agency over the weekend.
A total of 13 vehicles were escorted to the DVA Test Centre by Police for the purposes of technical examination resulting in eight being found to be mechanically defective.
Of these, two were subject to immediate prohibition action resulting in one impounded on grounds that it was deemed unsafe.
A total of six defect rectification notices were also issued requiring the offending vehicles to be submitted for retesting. Advice and warning was also administered in a number of cases in respect of minor compliance issues.
The Enniskillen council candidate hailed the ‘excellent work’ of the police.
“I’m fully supportive of any police action and the work carried out by police at the weekend is the best form of action. I always think the best action for police is to control the situation and if these vehicles are not in order it is the best way to deal with them.”
Mr Thornton has already noticed a difference, despite the police operation only taking place this past weekend.
“My wife and I were actually talking about it the last couple of nights and how things have improved. It definitely hasn’t been as loud or as busy, we’re already noticing less bad driving and cars in the area.
“It is good news and obviously the police taking action is what we want to see, but we don’t want to annoy the young people if they’re behaving themselves. It is when they’re disrupting local people that something must be done.
“It is a victory for the local people, it is what the local people have been waiting for for some time.”
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